Story: New Zealand Wars

The end of the war

James Belich’s 1986 book, The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian interpretation of racial conflict, was a radical new look at the New Zealand Wars. Belich argued that Māori were fine strategists who came very close to winning several campaigns. Subsequently his research was presented in a television series, The New Zealand Wars. In the first episode, Belich argued that the battle of Ruapekapeka was not a glorious victory for the British, but a strategic defeat – and that the peace that followed the Northern War gave Ngāpuhi leader Heke Hōne Pōkai and his followers much of what they had fought for.

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Danny Keenan, 'New Zealand Wars - Northern War, 1845–1846', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 April 2024)

Story by Danny Keenan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 29 Nov 2022